Supernatural is a show overflowing with the otherworldly phenomenon, but it wouldn’t have been the same without its writing. The sharp dialogue and witty banter have always been a key part of why the show is so engaging and its characters so memorable. Below, we’ve listed twenty of our favorite Supernatural quotes and quips.
Best Supernatural Quotes
“Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.” – Dean Winchester
In response to Sam’s remark about how much “mullet rock” he has in his car, Dean utters this line to Sam in the pilot episode. Besides being amusing, it sets up the teasing dynamic between the brothers that will recur throughout the whole series.
“Dean, they basically outlawed 90 percent of your personality.” – Sam Winchester
The best kind of jokes in any show are ones that play off the characters’ personalities.
In the episode “99 Problems”, Sam and Dean find themselves stuck in a town which, under instruction from a supposed prophet, has banned gambling, drinking, and premarital sex.
Sam’s quip here is an amusing nod to the fact that Dean has, throughout the series, defined himself as a party animal with a penchant for hedonism. In a town like this, he pretty much loses his identity.
“Hey, assbutt!” – Castiel
Being an angel, Castiel is somewhat new to the concept of curse words and insults. This peculiar term (which he first uses before defeating Archangel Michael) makes that pretty clear. It’s a very juvenile and redundant term, but strangely effective in its own way. There’s a reason it essentially becomes Castiel’s catchphrase.
“This is a vessel. My true form is approximately the size of your Chrysler Building.” – Castiel
Speaking of Castiel, this line of his was a clear confirmation that his seemingly ordinary human exterior is not a true reflection of an angel’s physical appearance. It’s a pity the show didn’t have the budget to showcase angels in their true form very often, but it puts a cool (and rather frightening) image in the viewer’s mind nonetheless.
“Our life is a TV show!” – Sam Winchester
Sam utters this line in the episode “The French Mistake,” in which Sam and Dean find themselves in an alternate dimension where, well, they’re the main actors in a TV series called Supernatural.
It’s rare for a series to go into this level of meta storytelling and fourth-wall breaching. Sam’s simple statement sums up how mind-blowing and existentially befuddling it would be to find oneself in such a position.
“I lost my shoe.” – Sam Winchester
Jared Padalecki has stated that this line, which he utters in the episode “Bad Day At Black Rock,” is his favorite Sam line. It’s easy to see why – it’s endearing and funny at the same time. Plus, Sam also gets tracked by hunters and set on fire in this episode; you’ve got to commend him for not complaining about that too.
“Mom, you have GOT to stop drowning me in holy water every time I go out!” – Kevin Tran
Kevin utters this line to his mother in “A Little Slice of Kevin.” Given the sheer volumes of paranormal danger present in the Supernatural universe, it’s rather understandable that a mother who’s aware of it would go over-the-top protecting her son. Plus, as funny as this line is, it has an underlying sombreness to it.
Sam and Dean, after all, lost their mother early on, and never got to know what it was like to have a protective mother’s presence in their lives.
“No one in the history of torture’s been tortured with torture like the torture you’ll be tortured with.” – Crowley
This line isn’t especially deep. It’s just so wonderfully fun to try and say without getting tongue-twisted. Lines like this are key aspects of that tone of fun lightheartedness that recurs even through the series’ grimmest moments. Which is especially odd, considering how the line is expressly about torture.
“What house doesn’t have salt? Low sodium freaks!” – Sam Winchester
Another of the show’s fun, lighthearted quips. Sam utters this line in the episode “Provenance,” in which he and Dean are attempting to secure themselves against the murderous ghost of a little girl that has just begun haunting a new home.
Salt in Supernatural, in keeping with folklore, serves as a basic defense against paranormal dangers; but there doesn’t seem to be any in the house to his frustration.
And he’s right, really. How many modern kitchens don’t have any salt in them? The writers had to know they’d need to lampshade that if they were going to get away with it.
“What are you, the Hamburgler?” – Dean Winchester
You wouldn’t think that one of the Four Horsemen showing up would be a laughing matter, but this line from the episode “My Bloody Valentine” manages to inject some silliness into it.
Like many of the other characters, Castiel has fallen under the effects of the Horseman famine and is gorging on hamburgers. It’s not exactly a typical sign of the apocalypse, and Dean’s reference to the McDonald’s character is fitting and fun.
“WWBD: What Would Buffy Do?” – Ed Zeddmore
Paranormal investigator Ed Zeddmore utters this line in the Season 1 episode “Hell House.” It’s a small, but effective tribute to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show that laid the groundwork for other mythology-themed thrillers like Supernatural.
“I full on Swayze’d that mother!” – Dean Winchester
On the subject of cultural references, this series is full of them. Dean utters this one in the episode “In My Time of Dying” when, while in ghost form, he manages to make a glass of water shatter. The line is, of course, a nod to the Patrick Swayze supernatural drama film Ghost.
It’s a nice nod to the sheer volume of supernatural media that preceded Supernatural and encourages the viewer to reflect on how the portrayal of supernatural things has changed over the years.
“You know, maybe the spirits are trying to shut the movie down ‘cause they think it sucks. ‘Cause, I mean, it kind of does.” – Sam Winchester
Speaking of referential humor, Sam utters this line on the set of the movie Hell Hazers II, where he and Dean are investigating a haunting in the episode “Hollywood Babylon.”
Paying tribute to the more celebrated examples of supernatural-themed media is nice and all, but it’s also fun to acknowledge some of the horror genre’s cornier, sillier examples. The movie being made in this episode is very much an example of the latter. It’s called Hell Hazers II, after all.
“Boy, three bedrooms, two baths, and one homicide. This place is gonna sell like hotcakes.” – Dean Winchester
Dean utters this line in the episode “Family Matters,” in which the brothers are tackling another haunted house. It’s an amusing nod to the fact that almost every classic haunted house story, at some point or other, brings up how difficult it can be to sell a home that someone was murdered in.
“Don’t objectify me.” – Dean Winchester
Dean utters this line to Bela Talbot, a beautiful thief, and con artist, after she propositions him in the episode “Red Sky in the Morning.” It’s widely acknowledged that one of the many appeals of Supernaturalis the fact that the main characters are serious heartthrobs. With this in mind, this line can feel somewhat like a cheeky wink to the audience.
“I think I’m adorable.” – Dean Winchester
If the previous quote is possibly a wink to the audience, this quote from “Folsom Prison Blues” definitely is. Dean really is adorable, and he knows it as much as we do. And the fact that he utters this line to the hardline FBI Agent Henriksen makes it especially funny.
“Dude, you fugly.” – Dean Winchester
Dean utters this line in the episode “Scarecrow” while gazing up at the extremely creepy scarecrow who serves as the episode’s villain.
It’s a simple line, but one which sums up Dean’s character extremely well. In the face of the many creepy things that the world of Supernatural throws at him, he does his best to retain the brash, casual persona that makes him so lovable.
“People don’t just disappear, Dean. Other people just stop looking for them.” – Sam Winchester
Lines like this prove that, for all its over-the-top paranormal subject matter, Supernatural is a show very capable of working in genuinely emotional moments.
Sam utters this line to Dean in the third episode of the series, “Dead in the Water.” It’s a simple line that resonates greatly, both in the context of the episode (the brothers are, at the time, seeking their disappeared father) and in reality (especially among viewers who have been affected by the disappearance of a loved one).
“Why do we have to sacrifice everything, Dad? Why do I have to be some kind of hero?” – Dean Winchester
Another moving moment in the show, Dean utters this line in the episode “What Is And What Should Never Be.” In this episode, Dean is giving a tantalizing glimpse into a world where he and Sam were never forced to become supernatural hunters and were allowed to live ordinary, peaceful lives.
Dean’s frustrated utterance makes it clear that he and Sam never volunteered for the harsh and dangerous life they live throughout the series. It was something that was thrust upon them, and it’s a major part of what gives the series its underlying tragic tone.
“I guess if you’re gonna have faith, you can’t just have it when the miracles happen. You have to have it when they don’t.” – Layla
This is a pretty powerful line to give to a one-off character. Even if you don’t happen to share Layla’s religious faith, it’s easy to identify with her words to some degree. After all, we all have something that we put some level of trust in.
It’s important to keep in mind that trust and faith wouldn’t have any worth if we abandoned them the moment we came across any sort of hurdle.
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